On Dec. 1, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop John M. Smith as head of the Diocese of Trenton. Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., has succeeded to the diocesan see, becoming the 10th Bishop of Trenton. A Mass marking the transition in pastoral governance will be celebrated Dec. 8 at 12:10 p.m. on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.
In his first statement as Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, Bishop O'Connell writes:
As your new shepherd, I ask you to join me in striving to live out the motto that I have chosen as bishop: “ministrare non ministrari, to serve and not to be served (Mark 10:45).” May that be the spirit of our collaborative ministry to teach and lead and continually invite all the faithful entrusted to our care to holiness!Please read the whole statement (it's not long) and join me in welcoming our new shepherd.